Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and reflection as we honor those who died in conflict or as post-conflict as a veteran of active military service. Veterans Day, however, celebrates the service of all Veterans, living or dead, and their contributions to our country and community.
Post 6 joins with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, as well as other local veterans and service groups to honor the dead on Memorial Day. In fact, our remembrance begins on Saturday morning, Memorial Day weekend.
We gather early that day at about 6:15 a.m. to place flags on the marked graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Legion Road starting at 6:30. You are invited to join us and, if you have a veteran buried there, we will give you a flag to place on their grave. Scouts from the many Chapel Hill Troops join us each year.
Flag placement is followed by a short Memorial Day Weekend Saturday Service at 8 a.m. on May 28th in the cemetery plaza (look for large hedges at the end of the brick walkways). We will tell the story of Memorial Day and recognize local World War II veterans.
Did you know that Memorial Day started as a Southern event? It dates back to the Civil War and the decorating of soldiers graves by widows and family. It was called Decoration Day. Learn more
The Orange County Veterans Memorial Committee is hosting a special memorial service at the Veterans Memorial site on Homestead Road. It starts with seating by 7:45 am and the raising of colors promptly at 8 am, followed by a Memorial Service. Local Veterans on motorcycles will also be present. The motorcycle motorcade will depart at about 9:15 for the American Legion Post Home to participate in our day’s events.
The Village Band will perform an indoor concert in the post hall immediately following the memorial service. The show starts at 12:30 p.m. Mobile Maple View Ice Cream is scheduled to be on site for the concert.
The open house ends at about 2 pm.
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